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that appears on your screen. >>> in the spotlight tonight, the boehner rule that is no longer a rule. the boehner rule, like the rule before it said the republican speaker would not allow a vote on any bill that does not have a support of the majority of house republican, not all house republicans, but a majority. boehner first broke that rule on new year's day when he allowed a vote to avert the fiscal curb and raise the top income tax rate. the fiscal cliff deal passed the house, 257 to 167 with only 85 republicans voting for it. and 151 republicans voting against it. boehner broke his rule again tonight when he allowed a vote on a $51 billion hurricane relief package to sandy. the bill passed the house, with just 49 republicans voting for it and 179 republicans voting against hit. today, chuck todd asked if the boehner rule will apply to the debt ceiling. >> if there is not a majority in the house republican conference to raise the debt limit but there is a majority in the house of representatives to raise a clean debt limit, would the leadership be willing to do that? >> you know
. although the u.s. senate acted last month on sandy relief, it has taken john boehner's republican-controlled house 78 days since the storm to pass this bill responding to the storm. in the end, on the republican side, it ended up being a grudging vote for sandy relief. republicans voted against sandy relief by a 3-1 margin. the bill was only able to pass because a minority of republicans joined with democrats to get it done in the house. even though the senate already passed its version of hurricane sandy relief last year, last month, the senate bill has to be redone because it took the house so long to get their side of it done. the senate is expected to get their side done again shortly. and then the president says he will sign the measure into law. >>> and tonight, in further breaking news, as slow as house republicans were to act in response to hurricane sandy, tonight's other major news is about how fast new york state was able to move to respond to a different kind of disaster. tonight one month and one day after the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school in newtown,
that the president's proposals are rolling in. the speaker john boehner said they will review the republicans and warned good intentions do not necessarily make good laws. the senator said president obama is abusing his power with the executive orders and the senate will hold the first post new town committee in two weeks. we know how the nra feels before the president took the mike, the powerful gun lobby took a strike infuriating straightics with an ad that infolks his daughters. >> the president's kids more important than yours? why is he skeptical about armed security when his kids are protected by armed guards in their school. >> the white house called that ad repugnant and cowardly. we kick things off with peter alexander outside the white house. run down the major takeaways from the president in the executive orders he issued. >> you played the best highlights from today's event, but this was an emotional heart felt appeal from the president encouraging anybody paying attention across america to reach out directly to their congress people, saying congress must act on this issue. you ra
john boehner thinks differently. he responded by saying, quote, the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. >>> these pens are designed to be used only by one person, but an investigation discovered that many of them were used on multiple people. >>> are you in hawaii or going there anytime soon? surfers, beware. check out this video. it's a real-life jauss. two sharks were swimming dangerously close to the show. can you believe it? look at that. you could wade in and be bitten, eaten. last year there were a total of 11 shark attacks in hawaii. >> that's what i call dangerously close. >> oh, my goodness. >> so some people in the southeast waking up to the dual danger of flooding and ice. alexandra steele in the weather center. good morning. >> good morning, guys. each snow potentially for you around new york city. >> trifecta. >> there you go. we'll see it all. here's why, zoraida. what we've got is the stalled front and along the front we've got everything from rain, sleet, even freezing rain that will become a
to themselves or to others. >> what path do you see forward? speaker john boehner has said the senate needs to act first on this gun legislation, but senator harry reid is not going to take the lead, he's going too leave it to others. he's concerned about constituents from more moderate states, more rural states, so how does this get moved forward? >> i did hear senator harry reid's comments that he was going to bring up things only that he could get through the house. i would hope that senator harry reid would bring lettingation to the floor of the senate. i hope speaker boehner will allow some of these measures to come to the floor. in the past he has said he would only bring things to the floor that had a majority of his majority. but just recently, we did see speaker boehner bring the fiscal cliff measure to the floor that didn't have the joerts of his republican support. he also brought the sandy relief aid bill to the floor that didn't have the majority of the republicans, but it did have bipartisan majority support, both on the fiscal cliff issue and the sandy issue. so if the speake
boehner really breaking his own rule and bringing it to a vote despite little republican support. do you think that that signals a new step, a new approach from john boehner as speaker? >> well, we do have some crises that we're going to have to face, the debt ceiling, we're going to have to deal with sequestration as well as the concurrent resolution, and i'm convinced that in order to get something moving forward in a positive way, that speaker boehner's going to have to release republicans from just being bound to the party and do what's best for the country. so i hope this is a breakthrough. as for having this as a victory, if it's a victory for anything, it's a victory for our country. people can go to sleep at night knowing that god forbid if they have a catastrophe in their country, they may not be able to depend on the local people to come forward or the states, but they can depend on their congress to be there as historically we have always been. this is the first time we have had any type of controversy in getting it done, but late, delayed, yes, but was it done, you bet your l
is happening in washington, d.c.? >> reporter: house speaker john boehner says the american do not support raising the debt ceiling without cutting spending at the same time. boehner calls the debt an anchor on our economy. here's the leading senate republican, making his point. >> it's sort of like you have a kid who exceeds the credit card limit. you tear up the credit card, but you look at the spending. the republicans are willing to pay for past bills. these are about future bills. the president is missing the point that we are on an unsustainable path. >> reporter: portman acknowledges the need to raise the debt ceiling, but he supports the context of getting a handle on the spenning. >> shepard: this is disaster relief for victims of super storm sand gee right. we have had plenty of lawmakers saying we need to get a handle on government spending, but not when people are waiting for major disaster relief money. a key new jersey democrat is saying people from new york, new jersey and connecticut pay their fair share. three state, 16% of the taxes. you ask the question: who suffered be
. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: got it go ahead. uh-huh. >> speaker boehner was tragically injured in a trust fall gone bad as various members of the caucus just backed away as he fell. >> stephanie: oh, dear. >> it has been a lot of fun so far. we're going to shopping for try-hat. >> that's the only thing to do there. you can visit my parents there. my dad drives the boat at busch garden. >> stephanie: karl frisch charlie pierce will be there. >> that's right, shaneo and danielle are going to be there. >> stephanie: and i think sue in rockville. >> rocky mountain mike. >> stephanie: right? okay. >> it sounds like a family reunion. >> stephanie: it is. let's dive into the right-wing world. here we go. oh, kneel cavudo. >> republicans well delirious after the president signs 23 executive orders he says will help curve gun violence but they say is a mockery of the constitution. a beefed up background system [ inaudible ] share that data of their own for that background system, and expanding the affordable care act to include allowing doctors to ask their p
," national review lisa merckowski, even john boehner seem to be budging a bit on this. >> the republicans in congress are in two camps. those who will vote no and those who will vote hell, no. i'm afraid they have a nigh eave attitude of the consequences of using this tactic. it is a tactic of economic mass destruction. it is also ineffective. they may succeed in using their power to default on the debt and the question for them is whether they'll have the restraint not to use it. but if they do, there is going to be a ferocious market reaction that will pistol whip congress into doing the obligation that america has that's to pay its bills. it is a bad tactic that will do an immense amount of damage and won't succeed. but unfortunately, when i talked to my republican colleagues, they have enormous confidence this is "the leverage they need." >> john: to never be elected again. let me throw you out the number one argument i get from my republican loved ones. what about the argument that president obama himself voted against raising the debt ceiling under president bush when he was a senat
not want this kind of a confrontation. john boehner has repeatedly said so. but the president -- but the president is trying to force the appearance of a confrontation in order to magnify the political impact of a republican climb-down when it eventually happens, as it will. >> so daniel, let me ask you, ben bernanke came out today and weighed in on this whole thing in a way that might shock people because he said, you know what, to hell with the debt ceiling, although he said it in ben bernanke style. let me let him say it. >> i think it would be a good thing if we didn't have it. i don't think that's going to happen. >> so would it be better if we didn't have a debt ceiling at all? >> yeah, absolutely it would. this is a silly thing which ought to happen automatically because our debt is going to grow along with our economy from year to year. especially it's going to grow in times when we need to spend a little more to juice our economy. but you know, bernanke has very little credibility with the republican party because republican leadership last year actually sent letters
. >> greta: are you going to speak to speaker boehner? >> of course. have you said anything to him at all so far? >> yes, we have and i think, i think they're going to wait to see what obama does, and i've talked with other of my colleagues, what's going on and there's a general consensus that if he steps over that line, that something has to be done. you cannot-- it's not like he's abraham lincoln, we're not at civil war. >> greta: the line i understand for executive orders on gun control, is that the line? >> no, the line is when you cross from administrative executive orders which deal with his office. >> greta: okay. >> and pass legislation during executive order. >> greta: suppose he says he's going to ban assault weapons with executive order. >> you can't do that, that's against the constitution, the constitution is very clear. >> greta: what would be your first step if he did that. >> i think we outlined multiple avenues. it's defending the constitution in any ways we can legally and that process has many different avenues. we're willing to take those to defend the constitution. i thi
by the arguments that the president was making. speaker john boehner and mitch mcconnell, senate republican leader both responded with statements basically saying that this is exactly the right time in their mind to have a discussion about the deficit cutting measures being -- the debt ceiling. this is all one conversation in their minds where the president is trying to move that away from -- move the deficit cutting away from the debt ceiling and we'll see who ends up successful on this. the republicans lost a big bargaining advantage when they gave up the tax cut discussion. that was tied to the fiscal cliff. at one point if you remember, the president was hoping he could get a debt ceiling deal tied to the fiscal cliff negotiation. that didn't happen. the republicans gave up that negotiation. but they're hoping that the debt ceiling raising will give them the leverage that they need to get what they want when it comes to spending cuts. the president hopes though that he can by delegitimizing this idea of having the debt ceiling as a debate, have them have no leverage going into the deficit-cutt
yesterday, house speaker john boehner responded with this statement -- " what are your thoughts on this? if the debt ceiling negotiable. some quick comments -- remember, you can post your comments on twitter. the first phone call is from maryland, a democratic caller, jill. caller: i don't believe the debt ceiling is negotiable. it is kind of ridiculous that the money is already owed, so why are we not going to pay what is owed to other people? if people have made investments, the bills have to be paid. i find it ridiculous that people in congress don't want to pay what is already owed. it does not make sense. host: here is the wall street journal this morning. caller: well, if you're asking me if that's true, i think there definitely needs to be somewhat of a compromise as far as spending cuts, but that is not an easy issue, because spending cuts mean job losses. it's not an easy thing to say a president will say we will stop paying the bills too. so there has to be compromised rehab the debt ceiling and some degree of trimming the fat, but i don't know how that is going to happen with
this. but the bottom line is that our speaker, john boehner, our majority leader, eric cantor, and the minority leader, nancy pelosi, understand that we must approach a national disaster such as the superstorm together. and as a body, whether it was anita lowey, rodney frelinghuysen, chris smith, michael grimm, frank lobiondo, we as a body understood we had a job to do. the gentlewoman from new york, the ranking member of this committee, louise slaught, and i understood the responsibility. because we had people back home like mayor william acres of seaside heights, new jersey, who talked to jon runyan or perhaps sylvia pa tellow -- patello talked to her congressman about the need of the communities. one nation under god. the united states coming together at a time of extreme difficulty. and that's what we have done. we have worked well together. we have worked with the governors, governors from pennsylvania, new york, certainly governor christie of new jersey. mayor bloomberg of new york. people who got together and worked. we did wait for the president's declaration of a nati
john boehner and the republican house will look him in the eye and say we are not doing anything. it's a mystery right now. >> in fact, politico reported this week over housealf of house republicans say they are willing to shut the government down if they don't get the spending cuts that they are demanding as a price for raising the debt ceiling. >> that is what they are saying. it's still far enough out so that it could all be posturing. even if i accept it -- and i do -- that half of the house members actually believe that as we get closer, as the pressure builds, corporate executives will start calling the republican leadership and saying you can't really do this. there will be some who waiver. there has been one republican senator who has wavered and you will begin to see fissures and something will happen inside the negotiation. i hate to see we have seen this play over and over. you and i are of the view we shouldn't have gotten into this because the debt ceiling should be part of the prior deals. >> as it was in every previous administration. >> righ
boehner promised peter king and other northeast lawmakers that he he would move the bill quickly of after pulling it from the floor at the last minute in the wake of the fiscal cliff vote that saw most republicans vote against the speaker right around new year's day. >> host: so, eric wasson, do they have the votes then for this next round of relief? >> guest: well, the proponents of the bill say they're confident. of course, we'd expect them to say that. but i think most likely they do. they have at least 14 republican lawmakers from the northeast, they probably have all the democrats. they just need to get, you know, some others, and i think most of the appropriations committee, you know, hal rogers is behind this bill, he crafted it. so there's no earmarks and there's no pork. so i think so. i think some of the minor amendments, stripping the couple million dollars stripped out for weather service and other people view as not sandy-related may pass, but i don't think they're viewed as killer amendments in the senate. the key amendment to look will be one from representative mick mulvan
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